You and I have an average of about seventy or eighty years on this earth. During these years we are bombarded with the temporary. Make money. Get stuff. Be comfortable. Live well. Have fun. In the middle of it all, we get blinded to the eternal. But it’s there. You and will stand on the porch of eternity. Both of us will soon stand before God to give an account for our stewardship of the time, the resources, the gifts, and ultimately the gospel he has entrusted to us. When that day comes, I am convinced we will not wish we had given more of ourselves to living the American dream. We will not wish we had made more money, acquired more stuff, lived more comfortably, taken more vacations, watched more television, pursued greater retirement, or been more successful in the eyes of this world. Instead we will wish we had given more of ourselves to living for the day when every nation, tribe, people, and language will bow around the throne and sing the praises of the Savior who delights in radical obedience and the God who deserves eternal worship.
– David Platt
While I believe David Platt’s heart is in the right place Gary Gilley hit the nail on the head in his review of the book Radical: “However, as the title itself implies, this is not a book that handles balance well.”
God works with each of us individually and we each have a very significant part in God’s overarching plan. It may be foreign missions for some (when need to pray for God’s wisdom and discernment in this matter), but for all of us it is the land and relationships that God places directly before us everyday. We must never diminish the responsibilities and opportunites that we are each given regardless of whether or not it is “foreign missions”.
While I believe that David Platt’s heart is in the right place Gary Gilley’s book review of “Radical” hit the nail on the head:”However, as the title itself implies, this is not a book that handles balance well.” This book review over at Southern View Chapel is a must read.
David Platt has a heart sold out to Christ and his specific niche is “foreign missions”. But, God has created us each with different gifts and talents and ministries. Our calling may our may not be “foreign missions” but we should never diminish the fact that God has placed directly infront of us the land he wishes us to walk on and the people and relationships he has providentially appointed us to and we need to be faithful to attend to what has been entrusted to us.